BCB not willing to risk Shakib for third Test against New Zealand
BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon has informed that Bangladesh are unlikely to risk their Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan in the third and the final Test against New Zealand.
After sustaining an injury once again during the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Shakib missed the ODI series against New Zealand and also failed to take part in the first two Tests.
The all-rounder is likely to be fit before the third Test. But BCB President isn’t willing to risk Shakib with World Cup right around the corner.
Nazmul Hassan Papon told reporters –
“I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary for him to play the third Test because the World Cup is coming up. If he has a problem then we want him to recover fully before returning to cricket. We don’t want to take any risks with him.”
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is also knocking at the door before the World Cup. The decision about Shakib’s participation in the tournament is yet to be taken and BCB President has informed he will get green signal only he becomes fully fit.
“If he is not fully okay then how will he play the IPL? It can’t be that he is only unfit for our national team but fit for the IPL. If he is fully okay and the doctors say so, then he will be able to play in the IPL. We want him to play in both the IPL and for the national team. The whole thing depends on his fitness.”
Shakib will have another X-ray on March 12 and only after that can they can be sure of his date of return, confirmed by a BCB physician.
“He is improving quite rapidly. We will have another X-ray on March 12 and only then can we say something about his possible date of return. If we see the fracture is healed totally than he can start his batting,. His main challenge is batting and fielding because though his pain has diminished substantially, still he is not fit to play shots all round the wicket,” the physician said.